When designing a signage-plan house style rules and principles must be applied.
All designs regarding signage and house style must be approved by Corporate Car Park Design (CCPD) and MH1.
Readable height - most PFs are low of clear height, signs can be difficult to fix while still being readable for customers. The clear height underneath a sign must never be lower than the clear head height of the PF.
Signs for motorists may at the lowest height of 2.10 meters if this increases readability.
Signs for pedestrians may not be lower than the clear height of doors.
If the available height is insufficient, you may suspend angled signage from the ceiling, gaining about 11 centimeters clear height.
Readability and glare - glare from illumination is one of the biggest problems we experience as it makes signs unreadable. Only one type of foil solves this issue, make sure your sign manufacturer uses these materials:
Cover the sign (aluminum plates) with mat white foil type 3M 3635-20.
Finalise the sign with translucent mat foil, either
It is up to the sign maker to place white information (3M 3635-20) on the coloured foil or is cut-out of the coloured foil.
New developments on how to assemble the sign
Normally the sign is assembled out of a core of WBP plywood 18mm and painted black + two plane aluminum plates of at least 2mm glued on and covered with mat white foil type 3M 3635-20.
New is a type of alu-bond with a mat white coating. This may be used as well and may create a cost saving.
Figure 40 Signage angled from the ceiling
To avoid glare, use the right mat foils.
Figure 41 Illuminated P-sign for motorists on column
Figure 42 Illuminated P-sign for motorists on facade
Figure 43 Illuminated P-sign for pedestrians on column
Figure 44 Illuminated P-sign for pedestrians on facade
Figure 45 Illuminated P-sign for pedestrians on column, historic sites
Sandwich board / Windmaster frames
For use when a temporary reference to a parking facility (PF) is needed. They may be placed on-street yet local permits may be needed for placement.
For use when parking floors need to be closed for maintenance, cleaning or energy saving, to redirect customers.
Visuals of boards, frames, posters - posters without 'roof' is additional costs/variables.
Portal frames - indicate the entrance to a parking facility, designed per PF.
Placed at the top of the entrance for motorists.
Includes Q-Park logo and PF name.
Includes height restrictor and traffic signs (diameter 180mm).
Depending on the local situation, a VMS-module is integrated to show parking space availability.
Façade - designed per PF by CCPD and/or MH1, often consent of architect or owner of the building is required
When the motorists entrance is integrated in the façade of a building, the PF name is placed separately, combined with our Q-Park logo.
The height restrictor and traffic symbols are positioned in the façade opening.
Depending on the situation three options of façade signing can be applied:
1) Checkerplate with black letters;
2) Black panels with stainless steel letters;
3) Letters placed directly onto façade (stainless steel or black logo & name). Lighting of this type of signage is a point of attention and is possible through internally (light box) or externally placed luminaries.
Internal signs for motorists and pedestrians are made of square sections.
Motorists: used colour is red (3M 3630-43) and the standard measurements are 300 x 300 mm.
Pedestrians: used colour is green (3M 3630-106) and on parking floors the measurements are 250 x 250 mm in standard situations. For measurements in staircases a smaller size of 200 x 200 mm is more sophisticated.
Because of the different languages used it is important that the same terminology is being applied. Where possible a different term is used for directing to the exit for pedestrians and for motorists (see list ). For parking facilities in Belgium the French or Dutch language (or both) are to be used, depending on the location of the facility. Also the terms for ‘parking’ and ‘levels’ are shown in each country language.
As no parking facility is the same and each of them are located in different surroundings, the Customer Guiding System is always project specific and needs to be determined per project. Signage for motorists is almost everywhere the same, because signs for “parking”, “level” and “exit” are univocal. For pedestrian signage this is different:
When a parking facility is not connected to any other destination and is completely solitaire, the signs for pedestrian exits should be “way out” (other country specific languages according to Figure 1). If more than one pedestrian exit is available, the addition of the street name or location is added (respective signs #026 and #027).
When a parking facility is integrated in a shopping centre or an office building it is preferred to use the term “entrance” with a specific addition to increase recognisability for our customers.
If an exit for pedestrians leads straight to a office or shop from a third party with a recognisable brand, it is recommended to use their logo on the signs. For execution of these signs see chapter F. Signage for third party-references in Standard principles.
If parking facilities have an international character or attraction, another language can be added to the country specific language (see chapter E. Multilingual signage).
When a service for bicycle parking is integrated in a parking facility, always contact Q-Park Holding for the design and location of the facility and entrances.